THE SERPENT POWER OF POETICS: David Meltzer

THE SERPENT POWER OF POETICS: David Meltzer

David Meltzer is a poet and a time traveler. He came here from 1937, and remembers feeling “doomed by the atom bomb” when he was…

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A BOOKSTORE FULL OF MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS: gary snyder at city lights

A BOOKSTORE FULL OF MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS: gary snyder at city lights

“Before Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” – old Buddhist proverb City Lights was so packed that people…

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MUSIC AND THE MACHINE: jaron lanier @ city lights

MUSIC AND THE MACHINE: jaron lanier @ city lights

One of the original computer scientists, Jaron Lanier (who coined the phrase “virtual reality”) began his talk at City Lights by playing a mouth organ…

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A HELLISH NIGHT AT CITY LIGHTS: richard hell and his autobiography

A HELLISH NIGHT AT CITY LIGHTS: richard hell and his autobiography

Last week I saw a group of middle-aged day laborers standing on the sidewalk. A nearby radio was playing “Only the Good Die Young.” I…

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